Opening Tonight: Momofuku's Korean-Italian Nishi Debuts in Chelsea

No tipping, no Italian ingredients and no reservations, right now
January 8, 2016
by Kelly Dobkin

Momofuku's long-awaited new Chelsea concept, Nishi (for "west), is spontaneously opening tonight, according to a rep. The rumored Korean-Italian menu is confirmed although final menus are still TBD. While the dishes will take some inspiration from Italy, chef Joshua Pinsky (a Ko alum) tells Lucky Peach magazine that they will not use any Italian ingredients."Nishi is what Noodle Bar would be if I opened it up as a thirty-eight-year-old, not a twenty-six-year-old," Changs tells Lucky Peach of Nishi's grown-up sensibility. The restaurant will initially be walk-ins only, open for dinner only from 6-11PM and will be tip-inclusive. This is the first entirely new full-service restaurant concept (save for fast-casual Fuku) for the group in years which, Chang reveals, makes him a bit nervous/excited: "We’re nauseous—and that’s good, because we haven’t felt like that in a long time. I’m terrified of this restaurant. Every opening feels like sh*t, but we don’t even know how this going to be perceived." Reservations will soon be available online here. Stay tuned for more photos and details.

Oh, and get in line now.

232 Eighth Avenue; 646-518-1919

[Lucky Peach]